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Bangladesh might employ lobbyist to improve picture in US: Momen

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Bangladesh will not hesitate to hire lobbyists in the United States to represent Washington and its outside interests, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Friday.
“In our country, we call it ‘lobbying’. We will lobby where it is needed. We will see how we can make it work within the legal framework,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event. City, UNB reports.

Claiming that it is completely legal to involve a lobbyist abroad, Dr. Momen said, “Everyone has the right to associate a lobbyist, there is nothing (illegal) about it.”

Asked about the involvement of so-called BNP lobbyists in the US in 2018, the minister said “this is their headache, not mine”.

In response to a pose, Dr. Momen said that both Bangladesh and the United States are democracies, “but there are many obstacles to the democratic system.”

“No democracy is perfect. There are gaps in every democracy. It is a continuous process. If we have any faults or weaknesses, we will definitely try to fix them, “he said.

Referring to the United States as a highly mature nation, Dr. Momen said that although there is a ban on the Rapid Action Battalion, the US State Department says the RAB has “reduced terrorism in the last few years.” “It’s their independent study,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the Foreign Minister inaugurated the International Conference on ‘The Time of Law and Legal Education and the Post-Epidemic’ at the Billia Auditorium in the city.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Belia (Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs), the conference was jointly organized by the Institute and the Asian Association of Law Professors (AALP).

Billia Chairman Barrister M Amir-ul Islam, Ambassador Muhammad Zamir, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law of Dhaka University Dr Md Rahmat Ullah and Billia Director Mizanur Rahman spoke on the occasion.

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